Guest Mom Jill Smokler: To My Favorite Child

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Here, in honor of Mother’s Day, is the first in a series of guest columns to appear this week. Jill Smokler, the mother of three children, is a domestic satirist about the underbelly of marriage and parenting. Her blog,http://www.scarymommy.com/, averages over 500,000 page views a month. Babble’s “Best Mom Blogger” list named her blog #13. She has more than 101,000 Twitter followers, earning her a number-five ranking on Babble’s list of “Top 50 Twitter Moms.” Her take on parenting has appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, CNN, Redbook, and Ms. Magazine. Jill also counsels large companies and independent small business owners on social media strategy.

To my Lily: I love you the most. You introduced me to the world of motherhood and made us a family. I love how genuinely kind and sweet you are. I love how you consider any alone time with me now a special date, even if we just go to the market. I love how nurturing and compassionate you are to animals and people, alike. I love watching you draw and the pride you take in your art. I love how you hug like you’re never going to let go. I love how thoughtful you are, always. I love your tan lines and the tiny birthmark on your cheek. I love hearing from teachers and neighbors how wonderful you are, even though I already know. I love talking to you on the phone, on the rare occasion when I’m not at home. I love reading the little notes you leave around the house and hearing you read to your brothers. You are my absolute favorite.

To my Ben: I love you the most. You were the sweetest baby in the world and I literally didn’t put you down for over a year. I love your exuberance and enthusiasm. I love how you wake up every morning in a fantastic mood, no matter how you went to bed the night before. I love how easy to please you can be. I love the smell of your neck and the color of your magic eyes, whether they are green, gray or blue that day. I love holding your hand and the face you make when you spot me at school. I love the way your voice gets really high when you’re excited and that you actually squeal with delight. I love that you “remember being born.” I love how much you worship your sister and the way you watch her when she’s not looking. I love your favorite teddy bear and how cool you look in sunglasses. You are my absolute favorite.

To my Evan: I love you the most. You will always be my baby, even though you insist that you are a big boy. I love your husky voice and the way your repeat everything you hear even though half the time, you have no idea what you’re saying. I love watching you try to keep up with your siblings and their friends. I love the humming sound you make when you really like what you’re eating. I love watching you play and how you can make a game of pretty much anything. I love how much you love making people laugh. I love the way you say my name. I love your pudgy thighs and your knees and the way you look in your pajamas. I love the way you hold my face with two hands when you give me a kiss. I love hearing you thump down the stairs in the morning. You round out our family, completely. You are my absolute favorite.

(For the record, you each got the exact same number of words. It’s even.)

P.S. — Bonus link to Jill’s recent article at CNN.com:

http://articles.cnn.com/2011-03-14/living/parenting.not.always.peachy_1_facebook-page-perfect-parent-perfect-child?_s=PM:LIVING

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